Catholic Church in Rwanda

Don Bosco Nursery and Primary School-Kimumura in a wider angle. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesian Partnership Facilitating School Expansion in Rwanda to Serve More Learners

Sep 7, 2023

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Rwanda have partnered with an Italian Foundation to facilitate the expansion of their school in Kimihurura in the Catholic Archdiocese of Kigali in view of providing quality education to “more children”. 

vHome visit by GKB Nutritionist to Bizimana Jean de Dieu’s family located in Nyrataba village, Taba cell, Tumba sector in Rulindo district, May 2023. Credit: Caritas Rwanda

Caritas Rwanda Launches Rehabilitation Program for Malnourished Children

Jul 28, 2023

Over 100 malnourished children in Rwanda’s Rulindo District in the Catholic Archdiocese of Kigali are beneficiaries of a comprehensive rehabilitation program that Caritas initiated in the East African nation.

Fulgence Kayishema, a former Rwandan police officer suspected to have ordered the killing of at least 2,000 Tutsis who were seeking refuge at St. Paul’s Nyange Catholic Parish. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Suspected Mastermind of Massacre at Rwandan Catholic Parish in 1994 Genocide Arrested

May 27, 2023

Fulgence Kayishema, a former Rwandan police officer suspected to have ordered the killing of at least 2,000 Tutsis who were seeking refuge at St. Paul’s Nyange Catholic Parish of the current Nyundo Diocese during the 1994 genocide has been arrested in South Africa.  

Trócaire and Caritas Nyundo responded to devastating floods which took the lives of 131 people and displaced almost 6,000 families in serious flooding in northern and western Rwanda last week. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Reaches Out to Flood Victims in Rwanda in “a very safe, dignified way”

May 13, 2023

Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, has reached out to victims of floods in a Rwandan Catholic Diocese in a grant to Caritas, implemented through cash transfers.

Fr. Thégène Ngoboka, director of the Cyangugu Justice and Peace Commission in Rwanda. Credit: ACN

Catholic Church in Rwanda Journeying with Prisoners to Heal Wounds of Civil War

May 7, 2023

Nearly three decades after the Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed, the wounds are still tender, and a lot still needs to be done to bring about forgiveness by those who remain wounded.

Reference image of Pope Francis at a general audience. Credit: Vatican Media.

“Blessings of strength, peace”: Pope Francis to Rwandans after Deadly Floods

May 6, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” to the people of God in Rwanda following the torrential rains that swept through the Northern, Western, and Southern Provinces of the country during the night of May 2-3, resulting in deadly floods.

Credit: Evreux Diocese

Rwandan Catholic Priest Known as “key genocide mastermind” Dismissed from Clerical Duties

May 6, 2023

Fr. Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, a Rwandan Catholic Priest considered a “key mastermind” of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has been, “not subject to any appeal”, dismissed from clerical duties. 

Mons. Balthazar Ntivuguruzwa

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Bishop of Kabgayi in Rwanda, Appoints Successor

May 2, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege from the pastoral care of the Catholic Diocese of Kabgayi in Rwanda and has appointed Mons. Balthazar Ntivuguruzwa as his successor.

Youth from Don Bosco Youth Centers in Rwanda commit to preserving nature. Credit: Salesian Missions

Learners at Rwandan Salesian School “participate in clean-up work” to Realize Laudato Si’

Apr 30, 2023

Learners at Don Bosco Gatenga in Rwanda’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kigali are taking part in a clean-up exercise that is part of their initiative to realize Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Letter “on care for our common home”, Laudato Si’.

Mons. Jean-Marie Vianney Twagirayezu, appointed Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Kibungo in Rwanda. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Caritas Rwanda Secretary General Appointed Bishop for Kibungo Catholic Diocese

Feb 21, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Jean-Marie Vianney Twagirayezu who has been serving as Secretary General of Caritas Rwanda as Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Kibungo in the country in the Great Rift Valley of Central Africa, where the African Great Lakes region and Southeast Africa converge.

Some of the 60 people, predominantly teen mothers, who completed a vocational training programme at Cyanika TVET school. Their training was sponsored by a Major Donor (private donor) through Trócaire and Duterimbere ONG. Credit: Trócaire

Teen Mothers in Rwandan Diocese Gain Vocational Skills in Catholic Entity's Initiative

Jan 18, 2023

The overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, is empowering teen mothers with vocational skills in Rwanda’s Gikongoro Diocese.

Antoine Cardinal Kambanda, elected President of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda (CEPR). Credit: Archdiocese of Kigali

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda Elect Cardinal to Head Their Conference

Dec 6, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda have elected Antoine Cardinal Kambanda President of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda (CEPR).

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Rwanda and Burundi (ACOREB). Credit: CEPR

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda, Burundi Express Solidarity with the Congolese amid Insecurity

Nov 18, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda and Burundi have expressed their “solidarity and spiritual closeness” with the people of God in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid reports of persistent violent conflicts and deaths. 

Mons. Dominic Eibu, appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kotido in Uganda on 25 October 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Bishop of Uganda’s Kotido Diocese, Appoints Successor

Oct 25, 2022

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Giuseppe Filippi of the Catholic Diocese of Kotido in Uganda and appointed his successor.

Ineza Umuhoza Grace. Credit: LDYC

Make Youth “active stakeholders in the fight against climate change”: Global Youth Leader

Oct 19, 2022

There is need for concerted efforts with the youth at the forefront in the fight against “climate injustice”, the global Coordinator of Loss and Damage Youth Coalition (LDYC), a coalition of more than 530 youth from over 40 countries in the global North and South who are united in the demand for “action on addressing the Loss and Damage caused by climate change”, has said.

Some members of the African region of the World Catholic Association for Communication, SIGNIS Africa during their congress in Kigali, Rwanda. Credit: SIGNIS

Catholic Media Entities in Africa Urged to Foster “a more inclusive, participatory Church”

Jul 18, 2022

Catholic media entities in Africa have been urged to embrace the spirit of the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality by incorporating all members of society, including “more women and young people”, in their respective governance structures. 

The students who have been selected as Trócaire’s ‘Conservation Champions’. Noel Nizeyimana, Marie Grace Iradukunda, Bernadette Nambajimana, Theogene Nizeyimana , Laurence Uwimana, Nowa Niyonizeye, also pictured in the centre is Ange Imanishimwe, Executive Director of BIOCOOR. Credit: BIOCOOR/Trócaire

Catholic Entity Facilitates Further Studies for Youth “to protect Rwanda’s biodiversity”

Jul 14, 2022

The overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, is facilitating further studies for half a dozen youth in Rwanda in view of having them take part in the protection of the country’s biodiversity. 

Young mothers benefit from a sewing program through the Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Training School in Rwanda. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Families Day, Salesians Highlight Initiatives to Assist Rwandan Families

May 16, 2022

On the occasion of the International Day of Families (IDF) marked Sunday, May 15, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their initiatves aimed at empowering needy families in Rwanda.

Judith Mukacyubahiro who is part of the Trócaire’s biodiversity programme. Photo credit: Ms. Nyiramana Agnes, one of the community facilitators in Nyamagabe District, Buruhukiro Sector, Munini Cell, Gitovu village. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Empowering Thousands in Rwanda Through Biodiversity Initiative

Apr 25, 2022

More than 10,000 people living around Rwanda’s National Park are benefiting from a project that involves rearing livestock, officials of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, have said. 

Some children at Don Bosco Oratory in Kabgayi, Rwanda. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians at Rwandan Oratory Resume “in-person activities” After Drop in COVID-19 Cases

Apr 11, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) at an oratory in Rwanda's Catholic Diocese of Kabgayi have resumed in-person activities following a drop in reported COVID-19 cases.